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  1. Ann Druyan to introduce famed UK astronomer at lecture exploring Earth's futureRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 2 | EurekAlert!

    WHAT: The first Carl Sagan Distinguished Lecture will feature the United Kingdom's Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, to talk about Earth's vulnerabilities, possibilities and future. Ann Druyan, an Emmy and Peabody-award winning science communicator and Carl Sagan Institute board member, will speak ahead of Rees at the event.


  2. New method for tapping vast plant pharmacopeia to make more effective drugsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 13, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: Vanderbilt geneticists have developed an effective method for identifying the plant genes that produce the chemical ammunition plants use to protect themselves from predation and is a natural source of... view more These are just three familiar examples of the hundreds of thousands of small molecules that plants use as chemical ammunition to protect themselves from predation. Unfortunately, identifying the networks of genes that plants use to make these biologically active compounds, which are the source of many of the drugs that people use and abuse daily, has vexed scientists for years, hindering efforts to tap this vast pharmacopeia to produce new and improved therapeutics.


  3. 400 million years of a stable relationshipRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    Walking through a grassy field or forest take a moment to consider what lies beneath the surface. A web of plant roots interacts symbiotically with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi that extend their hyphae from the root system further into the earth, accessing nutrients such as phosphates to give to the plant in return for carbohydrates, tit for tat.


  4. Feeding fat to fungi: Evidence for lipid transfer in arbuscular mycorrhizaRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 5, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    Nearly all organisms live in symbiosis with a vast, diverse array of microbes. Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis is the interaction between plants and a group of fungi called Glomeromycota.


  5. Sharks show novel changes in their immune cancer-related genesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 28, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    Fort Lauderdale/Davie, FL & Ithaca, NY - A new genomics study of shark DNA, including from great white and great hammerhead sharks, reveals unique modifications in their immunity genes that may underlie the rapid wound healing and possibly higher resistance to cancers in these ocean predators. This research brings us a few steps closer to understanding, from a genetic sense, why sharks exhibit some characteristics that are highly desirable by humans.


  6. New report calls for revisions to WIC food packages; changes would save money over timeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 4, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine proposes updated revisions to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children to better align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and promote and support breast-feeding. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report recommended cost-neutral changes that include adding fish; increasing the amount of whole grains; and increasing vegetables and fruits as a trade-off for decreasing juice, milk, legumes, peanut butter, infant vegetables and fruits, and infant meats.


  7. Jujube genome study sheds light on fruit tree's domesticationRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    The high quality genome sequence of the dry jujube, along with sequences from trees throughout its range, have illuminated the domestication history of this ancient fruit tree, which humans have grown for more than 7,000 years. Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute collaborated with a group led by Xingang Li of Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China to sequence the dry jujube, or "Chinese date."


  8. Tulane announces five finalists for $1 million Dead Zone ChallengeRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    The National Advisory Committee for the Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge has selected five finalists for its $1 million cash prize, which will be awarded to the team that presents the best solution to combat hypoxia -- the deadly deficiency of oxygen that creates annual "dead zones" in the world's lakes and oceans. Such dead zones kill marine life and threaten the economies of coastal regions, including those along the Gulf of Mexico, home to the world's second-largest dead zone.


  9. Gene editing yields tomatoes that flower and ripen weeks earlierRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    Using a simple and powerful genetic method to tweak genes native to two popular varieties of tomato plants, a team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has devised a rapid method to make them flower and produce ripe fruit more than 2 weeks faster than commercial breeders are currently able to do. This means more plantings per growing season and thus higher yield.


  10. Open-source tools accelerate plant breeding in developing countriesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 1, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    Crop breeders in developing countries can now access free tools to accelerate the breeding of improved crops varieties, thanks to a collaboration between the GOBII project at Cornell University and the Boyce Thompson Institute , and the James Hutton Institute in Scotland. The collaboration works with breeding centers around the world to identify unmet needs and has developed tools to make the process of adding a trait into an existing, high-yield crop variety more efficient.


  11. VirusDetect, a new bioinformatics pipeline for virus identification releasedRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 27, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    Researchers studying the viruses that affect agricultural production or human health now have a new tool for investigating where viruses have spread, on a local, national, or even global scale. VirusDetect is a free, open-source bioinformatics pipeline that can efficiently analyze small RNA datasets to identify both known and novel viruses.


  12. Soy protein-based seed coating acts as biostimulantRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 13, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    GENEVA, NY/ITHACA, NY - Cornell researchers have found a new green source that shows promise as a seed coating. Soy flour was tested as a component of a seed coating blend with broccoli seedlings, and results showed multiple benefits to plant growth and nutrition.


  13. Researchers propose mechanism for spread of metastatic breast cancer to boneRead the original story

    Nov 3, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    New research explains how metastatic breast cancer cells might use bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells to help them spread to bone tissue. A study using a 3D scaffold model has shown that breast tumor-derived factors can promote the maturation of MSCs into bone cells, and that mechanical compression of the scaffold further stimulates bone development, according to an article published in Tissue Engineering , Part A, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers .


  14. Autism spectrum disorder linked to mutations in some mitochondrial DNARead the original story

    Oct 27, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder have greater numbers of harmful mutations in their mitochondrial DNA than family members, report Zhenglong Gu of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and colleagues, in a study published October 28th, 2016 in PLOS Genetics . Increasingly, studies [1,2] point to malfunctions in mitochondria - the powerhouses of the cell - as a cause of autism spectrum disorder, but the biological basis for this relationship is unclear.


  15. Researchers identify genes for 'Help me!' aromas from cornRead the original story

    Oct 24, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    When corn seedlings are nibbled by caterpillars, they defend themselves by releasing scent compounds that attract parasitic wasps whose larvae consume the caterpillar--but not all corn varieties are equally effective at giving the chemical signal for help. Researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, Cornell University and the Boyce Thompson Institute used 26 corn varieties to identify genes responsible for sending out this "Help Me!" signal to parasitic wasps.


  16. Genetic diversity crucial to Florida scrub-jay's survivalRead the original story

    Oct 13, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    Ithaca, NY-Legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold once advised: "To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering." For the Endangered Florida Scrub-Jay, new research shows that saving every last grouping among its small and scattered remnant populations is vital to preserving genetic diversity--and the long-term survival of the species.


  17. More tomatoes, faster: Accelerating tomato engineeringRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 29, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    Tomatoes are already an ideal model species for plant research, but scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute just made them even more useful by cutting the time required to modify their genes by six weeks. While looking for ways to make tomatoes and other crop plants more productive, BTI Assistant Professor Joyce Van Eck and former postdoctoral scientist Sarika Gupta developed a better method for "transforming" a tomato--a process that involves inserting DNA into the tomato genome and growing a new plant.


  18. Novel 'repair system' discovered in algae may yield new tools for biotechnologyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 28, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    A new way of fixing inactive proteins has been discovered in an algae, which uses chloroplast extracts and light to release an interrupting sequence from a protein. Research specialist Stephen Campbell and Professor David Stern at the Boyce Thompson Institute report the discovery in the July 29 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.


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